This time last year the roommate (at the time) and I had a veggie share with a local CSA. One of us would go and grab the share, usually on a Friday, and we'd have a bunch of veggies to creatively nom or waste all week long. End of June in that area meant greens. Beet greens, lettuces, kale, garlic scapes. Note- I don't care how good for you kale is, I still don't like it. It has strange texture.
Anyway, veggies every week, changing as it warmed up and new things came in. So in addition to my normal rotation were things like roasted beets (which make your pee pink), fresh salad, and eventually things with fresh local-ish tomatoes.
Really, though, I lived off of about five basic meals.
- Pasta with doctored sauce
- Fried tofu with onions and potatoes
- "meat"ball subs
- channa masala
- black bean salad/ chips
Randomly floating through that mix are things like store-bought vegan ravioli, gnocchi, the odd can of tomato soup. I ate my way through a flat of ramen (oriental from one of the brands, don't remember which) over a year. Sometimes, when I had melty vegan cheese on hand I'd pick up a loaf of crusty bread and some zucchini or eggplant, and fry the veggies with onion, toss them on the bread, and melt the "cheese" in for a kinda philly-cheese-type sammich.
And through this all were chips. Chips dipped in sour supreme with Turkish seasoning, chips eaten plain, chips and bean dip, chips and hummus.
Oh, and I forgot my 6th common meal- restaurant. Not a whole lot of vegan (or vegetarian) food in Wyoming, but I always just figured that was what Colorado was for. Huge sandwiches and roast veggies and weird salads and stuff from Whole Foods, falafel, huge salad and chocolate cake from the local veggie restaurant, big tasty burritos from Qdoba.
Nowhere was there oatmeal, unless I was using it to make muffins. I'd make a big pot of shell pasta, and while it was cooking, fry some tofu and onion, dump in the sauce, and fix it up more with some wine. I'd drink more wine while I ate it, and think Om nom nom thoughts the whole time. Same doctored sauce (minus the tofu) would end up in the meatball subs. Sometimes it'd get spread on pizza, too.
Add dairy back into what I ate, and the sour supreme switches to Daisy brand, and everything gets a coating of Tillamook or mozzarella and a pass under the broiler or through the microwave before nommage commenced. Oh, and I ate a lot of mac and cheese. Otherwise, if it was fast and easy, I'd give it a shot.
True story- before I did the veggie thing I ate mostly pepperoni pizza rolls for about 2 years, a big bulk box at a time. After veggie-ing I went to the cheese type. Tried making them myself, but that was a mess.
Anyway, fast and easy was what I wanted. It's still what I want. Cheap, though, has to come first. The pasta and sauce mix I used to do? $6.75 for two (half box-sized) servings. The "meat" ball subs were about $10 to buy everything. Sometimes I'd make a pasta with fresh veggies thing that cost about the same (dratted tomatoes).
None of this shows up now. I'm not sure I could fit it in now. Ok, some of it's not that expensive- the chickpea stuff, for instance. But if money were no object, that's about what I'd be eating.
It's got to be better than yesterday's wall paper paste and gluten nuggets (which I might work on some more- maybe if I add some chicken free bullion?)
ETA: Forgot one- veggie hotdogs with (veggie?) cheese, wrapped in crescent rolls, with a can-worth of the veggie-friendly heinz baked beans from the UK on the side, and a bunch of fancy mustard and cheap catsup to dip them in.
No wonder I'm broke. What would you guys (ladies) eat if cost wasn't a factor?